Man Carried Human Bones In Backpack, Sentenced For Durham Murder

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A man will spend more time behind bars after pleading guilty to killing a woman in Durham several years ago and carrying her remains in a backpack.

Michael Dorman of Mebane pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Lekiea Lacole Boxley. The 35-year-old Dorman was sentenced to five to seven years in prison and given credit for the three years he's already spent behind bars.

Dorman says he pleaded guilty because he fears he won't get a fair trial.

A year after Dorman's arrest, Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson dismissed the charges. Boxley's family had cremated her remains. Hudson said Dorman didn't get a fair trial because his attorneys couldn't conduct their own tests on the bones.

The state Court of Appeals then reinstated the murder charge.


A North Carolina man is accused of handing a bag of human bones to a friend and asking for help in disposing of them.

Multiple media outlets reported Friday that 32-year-old Michael Charles Dorman of Mebane has been charged in Durham County District Court with concealing or failure to report a death.

Dorman is currently in Durham County jail. A call to his public defender was not immediately returned Friday.

A search warrant says Dorman told a friend he had killed a woman in Durham and needed to dispose of her remains. Orange County sheriff's deputies say they observed Dorman hand a bag containing human bones to his friend.

Police say Dorman told them he had simply found the bones in Durham.

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  • by Dixiegirl929 on Aug 8, 2010 at 09:02 AM
    This is the weirdest story I've read. I guess he never heard of the Benjamin Franklin quote about 3 can keep a secret when 2 of them are dead.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 at 07:07 PM
    I've heard of "Givin the dog a bone" (AC/DC) but not giving your friend a bag of bondes.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    You know this man killed someone or he would not have the bones. He is a murderer plain and simple way worst than the kid who robbed someone.
  • by lisa Location: jacksonville on Aug 7, 2010 at 03:32 PM
    what a friend to give you a bag of human bones, I once had a man give me his SSI check, but if he gave me a bag a bones there want be a secon date,.
  • by Todd Location: Jville on Aug 7, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    Maybe he herd Herman Munster singing the bone song!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 at 12:46 PM
  • by newport Location: newport on Aug 7, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    it says the sheriffs dept watched him give the bones to the friend, if they knew he had the bones to begin with why did they wait to arrest him???????
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 at 07:29 AM
    If this guy was not guilty why did he try to pass them off to a friend to dispose of? If he is guilty of something he should have done it himself and if he is not, he should have contacted to police to let them know 'he found them'.
  • by Lee on Aug 7, 2010 at 06:29 AM
    Seriously!!! Someone's life has been taken and all you all can do is laugh and joke about it??? I bet it would be different if it were the bones of YOUR loved one! Grow up!
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Aug 7, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    Digging up booooooooones; digging up bones! -- Randy Travis
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